Luminar is constantly backing up its database as you work with it. This ensures that your latest edits are stores. However, there are times you may want to manually back a catalog up in case your hard drive has a problem.

Windows backup

To backup your catalog, its suggested you use an external drive or a cloud location.

  1. With Luminar open, edit with the catalog you want to backup.
  2. Choose File > Catalog > Show in Explorer.
  3. This reveals the catalog file nested inside a folder.
  4. Go up on level on your hard drive and backup this entire folder for the most complete backup.

If you ever need to restore the backup, just copy it to your machine and choose File > Catalog > Open to select it.

Mac backup

To backup your catalog, its suggested you use an external drive or a cloud location.

  1. With Luminar open, edit with the catalog you want to backup.
  2. Choose File > Catalog > Show in Finder.
  3. This reveals the catalog file nested inside a folder.
  4. Go up on level on your hard drive and backup this entire folder for the most complete backup.

If you ever need to restore the backup, just copy it to your machine and choose File > Catalog > Open to select it.

You can also choose to invoke the Backup command to store a backup catalog. To back up a catalog:

  1. Go to File > Catalog > Backup.  
  2. Luminar opens a dialog box that lets you choose where you want to save your backup file.  
  3. To restore a backup file go to File > Catalog > Restore from Backup.

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